African Library Project

Aneri's African Library Project for Lesotho

08/07/2019 to 09/08/2019
San Jose CA

We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.

We want to start a library in Africa because...

Hi! My name is Aneri. Ever since I was a little girl, books have been a source of companionship for me. Books are basically the only thing that keeps me from growing utterly bored in my free time.

My recent realization of how kids in Africa are deprived of basic means and need of education is rather dramatic. I say that because it is based on the movie that I recently watched on Netflix. The movie, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," is not the typical happy go lucky storyline. But rather it was a movie based on the true events. It was about a boy who had to build a windmill to help his village grow again. The movie ties back to the problem of education and having limited access to much needed resources like. fewer books. The boy had to go through so much trouble to find the resources he needed to build his windmill. He could not even access his school’s library because he did not go to school. The boy had to jump through so many hoops to get hold of one book that could help him build the windmill. I mean, the only time I can’t access books is when I’m waiting for the book that the author is still writing and has not been released yet!  And this boy, William Kamkwamba of Wimbe, built a full-size windmill which lead to a successful crop being sown just having access to limited resources.

After watching this movie, I got to thinking… How can I help? What if I could give the gift of books to the kids in Africa? There are kids in Africa who do not receive an education or they do not have access to marvelous books like I have. I want to make a difference in the world, using books. Thanks to my, Northern Girl Scout website, we came to know about the African Library Project and their work in Africa. I picked African Library project organization because I think they are doing a fabulous job of building a library in countries in Africa.

About our African Partners...

Now, Let me tell you why I chose Lesotho. Because I did not just pick it out of the wide blue yonder. My first choice was to do the community library in Sierra Leone since its literacy rates is only 48%. In Sierra Leone 46% of girls do not know how to read. How heartbreaking is that?

But we ended up collecting elementary kids books faster than we anticipated and opted in to do library in Lesotho instead since Lesotho is a country prone to diseases .

- Lesotho, The Mountain Kingdom, is a small yet so mystical country encircled by South Africa.

- What’s worse, only a third of high school aged children can attend high school due to lack of funding and space.

- Unfortunately, Lesotho has the second highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the world with roughly a quarter of the adult populations being HIV positive; there is also a tuberculosis co-epidemic. And I strongly believe education can play a big role in solving these issues.

There is a good news. The African Library Project is on the case and already have installed 471 libraries!

Don't worry, Sierra Leone is still on my list. Hopefully, soon I will start a next round of Book drive that can help Kids in Sierra Leone as well.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

A community library accepts all books that ranges between preschool to eighth grade level books. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books to send to the Lesotho Community Library.

Here is an Amazon wish lists we have put together for recommended for our African library Project.

Primary books --

Secondary books --

Here's how you can contribute your books...

If you are able to donate books, please contact me using the contact information listed below. If shipment is a problem, we will pick up the books or pay for the shipping necessary.

If you like to help us by donating money to cover the $500 costs of shipping the books

~ Checks / Cash can be mailed to my parent. Write me email at aneri.middle@gmail for more details.

~ If you like to donate fund online -- (Please note that Most crowdfunding platforms charge 10% of dollars raised in fees.)

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

In order to ship the books to the Lesotho Community Library, we need to raise a total of 500 dollars to cover the shipping fee. Any amount of donation will be gratefully accepted. To donate, please go to our go fund me page linked below.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Anyone can help spread literacy to kids in Africa.
To help you could:
- Donate Money
- Donate Books
- Spread awareness via social media
- Spread the word about this book drive
Any and all help is wanted! Thank you!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Aneri Shah
Phone: 4085699625

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 08/27/2019)
1000 books $400 fundraising


To all contributors of our book drive, thank you so much!! Your donations are greatly appreciated by me (the founder of this drive) and all of the children who will be thrilled to receive books at Lesotho Community Library.

Also, I like to give a huge shout out to my amazing mom, Ishita, who is helping me through this process. She has inspired me to look at the world with more empathy.

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